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Senate invokes cloture, confirms Jack McConnell to federal bench

UPDATE (6:10 p.m.): The Senate has now confirmed John "Jack" McConnell to be a judge on the U.S. District Court by a vote of 50-44. Republican Senators who supported cloture (see below) voted against final confirmation.


Eleven Republicans joined all Democratic Senators (save an absent Sen. Akaka of Hawaii) to invoke cloture on the nomination of John "Jack" McConnell to the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island by a vote of 63-33. The roll call vote is here.

It appears the arguments about depoliticizing the confirmation process carried weight with the Republicans, along with a little New England regional solidarity. The Republicans voting yes:

Alexander (R-TN)
Brown (R-MA)
Collins (R-ME)
Graham (R-SC)
Isakson (R-GA)
Kirk (R-IL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)

Collins, Graham, McCain and Snowe were all part of the "Gang of 14" who worked against Democratic judicial filibusters in 2005.

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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